DOGS NEED A HOLIDAY TOO
and luckily dog friendly holidays are on the rise
Who doesn’t love a good family holiday? Winter might not seem like the ideal time to get away but it really is a great time to grab those bags and head off on a UK minibreak with all the family. Our four legged friends are cherished members of our families and leaving them behind just isn’t an option. With an increase of dog-friendly holidays, more people now have the opportunity to take their dog away with them. Hurrah!
Now that it is easier than ever to bring them with you on holiday and more places understand the need to cater for our four legged travellers, we explore our top places to go.
With miles of unspoilt footpaths, coves around every corner and over 60 beaches Cornwall really is a superb choice of holiday destination. Founder of Touch of Tweed Catherine says ‘We usually head to West Cornwall as we are fortunate to have good friends there meaning we are spoilt for choice with access to some incredible country and coastal areas but our favourite has to be…..’
Heading down the hill from Sennen it isn’t long before you are greeted with breath-taking views of the sea. Some days huge waves head inshore making Sennen Cornwall’s most westerly surf hotspot, other days the tides out and the wide golden sands provide plenty of space for everyone to enjoy. The coastal path runs straight through the village providing great opportunities to explore those picture perfect landscapes Cornwall has to offer. Why not head out for an invigorating walk and finish off with a bite to eat in either of the dog friendly venues, The Old Success Inn or the Surf Beach Bar.
With miles of Welsh coastline to explore and numerous National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, pack those Welsh Cakes and goodies for the dog and explore this stunningly beautiful country.
The Gower Peninsula was the first place in the UK to be a designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with wondrous woodlands and miles of golden beaches, the Gower really is a treat for families and dogs alike. For a relatively compact area there is so much to see and do and a huge variety of landscapes. There are many doggy friendly eateries along the 19 mile stretch of coast, but The Ship Inn in Port Eynon is a warm and friendly pub just minutes from the beach. James (Co-Director of Touch of Tweed) fondly remembers a recent trip to Port Eynon in January (for Catherine’s birthday treat) this year and we highly recommend staying at the Dell side in Port Eynon. A picture perfect one bedroom sea-side dog friendly flat. Port Eynon Bay is a short walk away and offers access to the wider coastal footpaths that run along the southern part of the Gower. Jasper (our black lab) has fond memories of rock scrambling and rock pool (unintentionally) diving here!
THE LAKE DISTRICT
This stunning county is peppered with historic towns, lakes, rivers and miles of walking routes, including England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike.
Ambelside and Lake Windermere
Ambelside is a small town in the Lake District and the perfect base for exploring Lake Windermere. This historic town is very popular with walkers, climbers and sightseers alike. With plenty of exploring to be done on foot, by boat and rail and dogs welcome upon the lake cruises and train lines, there is no need to leave that loved one behind.
So what’s stopping you, don’t just take our word for it, book those trips, pack those bags and explore the beauty that the UK has to offer and spend time with all the family..